1951 Western Canada Snapshots     

Moose Jaw 1951





Left - 1951 Moose Jaw Canucks - getting ready for a practice.

Back row - Art Worth at the left standing beside first baseman Berlyn Hodges.

Centre fielder Lowell Hodges is seen putting on his spikes, while in the foreground third baseman Gerry Parker is packing up his club bag.


1951 Moose Jaw

Right - four Canucks pore over the latest copy of The Sporting News (the bible of baseball at the time).

Left to right - Alex Palica, shortstop Dwight "Rip" Collins, catcher Jimmy Harford and Johnny Mulholland, pitcher-outfielder.

Palica's brother was Irv Palica who made it to the majors with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Irv was just 17 when he first came up (as an infielder) in 1945. He returned as a pitcher and spent parts of ten years in Major League Baseball with Brooklyn and Baltimore.


Gordie Howe


Left - Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe in his days as a first baseman for Saskatoon Legion and Saskatoon 55s in the Saskatoon and District League and the Northern Saskatchewan League.

This photo is believed to be from 1951 when Howe joined playing-manager Roy Taylor on the Saskatoon 55s. After pressure from his NHL employers, the Detroit Red Wings, Howe reluctantly hung up his spikes and concentrated on the ice game.

Thanks to Michael Swank for the photo.






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